Texas Republicans advanced two elections bills this weekend in a special session, as they work to pass sweeping legislation that would impose a number of restrictions at the ballot box.
Members of the Texas legislature have been sparring over the measures as Republicans work to pass an elections overhaul bill to which Democrats are starkly opposed.
State Democrats staged a walkout in May, exiting the House floor on the final night of the legislative session to prevent the passage of a controversial voting bill, which called for adding new obstacles to voting in future elections and limiting the availability of certain methods of voting that are predominantly used by low income people and people with disabilities.
Texas lawmakers returned to the state Capitol last week to kick off a special session that includes a docket full of conservative priorities, including an overhaul of the state’s elections rules.
Republican members of the state House and Senate began chipping away at those priorities this weekend, advancing two bills out of committees that call for prohibiting 24-hour-voting and nixing drive-through voting, two strategies that were heavily used in the 2020 election to help people vote during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The Washington Post.
The state Senate voted along party lines to advance Senate Bill 1 out of committee on Sunday afternoon, 6 to 3, according to the Post.
The state House advanced House Bill 3 out of committee early Sunda… (Read more)